Twitterrific, a beautiful Twitter client from The Iconfactory has been forced back seat lately. Even though they got a lot of good press from their freemium iPad app, their iPhone version has had to take a back seat now that Tweetie was bought by Twitter and re-released. Twitter has been getting a lot of press for it's new acquisition and re-release, but The Iconfactory aren't going to take that sitting down. Today, they have announced an update for the iPhone version, Twitterrific 3 is coming soon.
The goal of the update will be to streamline the application, giving it the core Twitter features all users need while not bogging down the application with lesser used power-user features.
"As a first step, we decided to take a step back and re-evaluate our approach. We want to make Twitterrific quick and light with a focus on content and usability rather than feature count. We will continue to add necessary features and updates to Twitterrific, but we’ve decided to only add features that will enhance the experience and avoid adding them because it’s easy or just because we can." said David Lanham, designer for Twitterrific.
The update will bring the iPhone version under the same code base as the iPad version, a move that should speed up their ability to add updates to the app in the future. This also means that the iPhone version will become a lot closer in functionality to the iPad version, losing some power-user features.
"Our days of trying to be the everything-under-the-sun Twitter client are over. Tough love has taught us saying “no” leads to beautiful things. The best is yet to come, I hope you’ll join us." remarked Gedeon Maheux
While some won't like this, I think it's a good move to set Twitterrific apart from the ever increasing crowd of iPhone apps. It's a fresh start, a new beginning. Without being bogged down by a feature laden Twitter client.
What will users think? Well Twitterrific for the iPad is one of the best received launch titles. And it is the basis for the iPhone and future desktop versions. So I think they might be on to something. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.